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Hi I'm Marissa

I'm a college student, I love music. I love learning! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I attend Brigham Young University-Idaho. I'm studying elementary education for I absolutely love children. I love learning! Concepts can be learned so deeply and it is so amazing how much there is to learn. Music is a passion of mine. I've been in choirs since basically Kindergarten. Not only do I love sharing my talents, but I love being within the environment of others' talents. It's a beautiful feeling. I've also been playing the piano for many years. I love meeting people and creating lasting friendships.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been born and raised into this gospel. While growing up, I always based my testimony and beliefs off of my parents and others around me. I eventually continued to have many, many experiences that helped strengthen my testimony. I searched and studied the Book of Mormon, which is the keystone of our religion. I received an answer for myself that it is true. Living this gospel, patterning my life after Christ's, brings true happiness. I know that God loves me and I know that His Son, our Savior, loves me and they love everyone. Having this happiness and knowledge only makes me want to do better. God has a plan for me and has set the straight path for everyone to follow. That path leads us to Him. I know that through Christ I can be forgiven and cleansed of my sins. I know that this gospel was restored onto this earth by a man called of God, named Joseph Smith. As Joseph Smith was the Prophet called of God, we have a true and living Prophet here on the earth today: Thomas S. Monson. I love this gospel, and I know it's true. It brings me joy and comfort. This is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Lord's hand is extended all day long and I desire to take it and always hold on.

How I live my faith

I just always try my very best to try and live my life the way that Christ would. Like: Smiling at people and being nice and friendly. Simple things that can make people's days. I'm proud of the person I am and I want to be able to share that with others, so I try my best every day to look for ways to help anyone in need and just be a good example. I try to remember God in all my doings and try to do things that make Him pleased and proud of me. I am always trying to see the good in others- people are wonderful and I can only recognize that as I see them through Christ's eyes. I also try to learn more and more about Christ and the life He lived here on earth; for I know that as we learn more of Christ, we can become more like him which is our ultimate goal.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Marissa
Mormons believe in helping everyone. Christ set the example by loving and serving everyone. As our ultimate example we follow him by loving and serving everyone. We are all children of God and Mormons try to help all those who are in need. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Marissa
In earlier times of the earth, there were prophets and there was truth on the earth. Wickedness consumed the people, and eventually our faith died away. In 1820 a 14 year old boy named Joseph Smith did not know what church to join, for there were many different people teaching different things. From the bible, he read a scripture that said "if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God. . ." After reading that, he went into a grove of trees and asked God. He asked God which church to join and was then visited by God and his son, Jesus Christ. They informed him that none of the churches were true. He was told he needed to restore the truth back on earth. He devoted his life to doing that with the help of God. He translated the Book of Mormon and spent his life doing the work of God. Since then, the word has spread and continues to be spread as a true organization around the world. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Marissa
As I was seeking to find an answer for myself, reading this scripture greatly helped me. "And when ye shall recieve these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." God loves us so much and wants to help us if we simply put our faith and trust in Him and his son. If you pray with a true desire, having faith, you will get an answer. After you pray, ponder and think about it. You may just get a peaceful feeling that can assure you of the things you are asking. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Marissa
A testimony is what any person comes to believe is true. We have beliefs and knowledges about things such as Jesus is the Christ and God is our Heavenly Father. That is a testimony. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Marissa
Missionaries generally want to help you find what's right for you. They will teach you about Jesus Christ and about how we can return to him and Heavenly Father. They will show that they care for you and will simply teach you what we as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believe. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Marissa
Not everybody had the chance while they were on earth to receive the message of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We believe in being baptized in their name so that they, while in heaven, can choose to receive the message or reject it. Baptism is necessary for Salvation. So us living on earth, get baptized using their name and they can have the chance to become a member of our faith if they so desire and choose. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Marissa
According the the word of wisdom, we believe in not allowing anything harmful to come into our bodies. Nor anything that can be addictive. God's greatest gift to us is our body, and we should treat it respectfully by keeping ourselves healthy and not letting harmful things into it such as coffee, tea, alcohol, drugs. etc.. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Marissa
We believe the bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly, we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. God has had prophets and apostles for a very long time. The apostles and prophets write God's holy word which is the Bible and also the Book of Mormon. I personally believe both books to be completely true. They both are the word of God and they both bring so much comfort and help us feel His love and become closer to Him. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Marissa
Lots of people view Mormons as people who have too many rules, and that living that way would be so hard. But I disagree. God only wants us to be happy and to have utter joy. I try to live my life in a way, knowing that my Father in heaven is proud of me. That brings me joy. I feel constant peace knowing that i'm making the best choices for my life. We do have counsels. We make our own choices and we are counseled to make the best ones. Ones that Christ would make. I have goals and standards and being able to strive hard every day to accomplish those goals is the best way I live my life. Heavenly Father only wants us to return home to him and that's what i'm striving to do. To gain qualities that Christ had such as love, service, faith etc. God knows the intentions of our hearts and I find happiness by striving to keep good intentions and keeping his commandments. Show more Show less